Lake County Poet Laureate Program
The search for a new Lake County Poet Laureate is suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.
Nominees must be at least 18 years old, a published poet through any media outlet, a resident of Lake County with a valid Lake County Library System card, and pass a background check paid for and administered by Lake County. If chosen, he or she will serve a two-year term hosting poetry readings for children, teens and adults; directing poetry workshops; and must write a minimum of one poem specifically about Lake County.
Lake County's first poet laureate
Name: Laura Sobbott Ross
Term: July 2018 - April 2020
City: Mount Dora
Sobbott Ross is a widely-published, award-winning poet whose work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals. In addition to four Pushcart Prize nominations, she was a finalist for the Art & Letters Poetry Prize and won the Southern Humanities Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. She has published several books, including “A Tiny Hunger,” “My Mississippi,” and “The Graffiti of Pompeii.” Upon her poet laureate nomination, Laura wrote a piece titled, “The Writing Lesson.” The poem reflects her strong affinity for the Lake County community.
Sobbott Ross is also a state-certified English teacher and trained writing coach. Much of her career was spent teaching children in the Lake County Schools system and teaching English to ESOL adults and GED prep at Lake Technical College. She has experience working with students ages 5 to 91.
For more information, contact:
Scott N. Amey
Library Assistant II
East Lake County Library